I'm working on a map, and I'm having a hard time drawing farmland. So far I've done a crisscross-type pattern, and then filled it in with a faded yellow (wheat) colour. It looks... okay. I want to know how you guys do it, what's your technique?

As an aside, I also wonder about roads. The dotted line just doesn't suit the style of my map, so I've gone with a more "realistic" - for lack of a better word - road, where it's two parallel lines with shading. But again, the shading (a brown, dirt colour) and the road itself looks mediocre. What tips can you give about drawing roads?